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Abu Dhabi November 2008 Growth Opportunities in Halal Products Dr Mah Hussain-Gambles (PhD) Founder & CEO – Saaf International Ltd United Kingdom E: [email protected] W: www.saafpureskincare.com. Overview. Personal background
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HALAL = GMO Free, Alcohol Free
and Irradiation Free
CHICKENS = no Problem
COSMETICS = a lot of money & not a clue!
not for profit organisation
Many misconceptions about Halal in the West
Educate consumer about what Halal is really about and obtain accreditations by third parties such as Vegetarian Society, Vegan Register, Cruelty Free approval by Naturewatch and British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection
Principles of Halal are not restricted to food but touches all matters that relate to life.
Including protecting the environment, humane treatment of animals, ethical business and fairness in all transactions.
Eco-ethical lifestyle is the fastest growing market in the world
- Cruelty Free (no testing of raw materials or finished products on animals, no exploitation of animals to obtain raw materials)
- Caring for the Environment (recycling, reducing carbon footprint)
- Not Harming the Body (natural formulations, organically grown and products which are free from harmful ingredients)
- Corporate Social Responsibility (fair trade, no exploitation of people)
I will now explore these principles in an Islamic context…
“All creatures are like a family (Ayal) of God: and He loves the most those who are the most beneficent to His family.”
"There is no man who kills [even] a sparrow or anything smaller...but Allah will question him about it [on the judgement day]," and "Whoever is kind to the creatures of God is kind to himself."
Eat and drink, but not to excess (20:81)
not upset ecological balance and does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs
- Limit Consumption
- Re-use and Recycle
References in the Quran to food stuff harmful for human consumption, which science can now prove to be true e.g:
- shellfish (as lowest in the marine food chain, they contain large amounts of toxic chemicals such as mercury, lead, arsenic etc)
- blood (may contain bio-toxins and ‘distress’ hormones)
- Alcohol (causes skin dehydration and is toxic, recent research shows that even small amounts if consumed during early pregnancy, is harmful to the foetus)
absorbed into the blood stream
- sharing wealth by donating a % of the profits to charities
- creating local jobs, community initiatives
- equal opportunities and not exploiting workers and children
- minimising carbon foot print when doing logistic planning
Reference: www.ifees.org.uk - www.csr.gov.uk
I believe it is…
…my personal mission is to break down any stereotypes in the
West about Halal and to promote Halal in a Eco-ethical light
in the East
References: www.halaljournal.com - www.ameinfo.com
and perceived cruelty to animals due to the process of slaughter
‘not for them’
Solution = Break down myths and re-define Halal as
Solution = Develop a single globally recognised
animal or carcass fats, gelatine etc.